New catalyst could help make fuel cells affordable

Fuel Cells - New Research

Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of California are working to drive down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells. These researchers have developed a new catalyst that could eventually replace the platinum catalysts that fuel cells typically use. The new catalyst is comprised of a compound that takes the form of a “rippled leaf.” Researchers have shown that the new compound has three times as many catalytic contact points as typical catalysts. Research team developed catalyst using natural processes Researchers…

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New massive offshore wind turbine will be low-cost and have huge blades

The blades of the turbine will be longer than two football fields. A large group of researchers are working together to build a low-cost 50 MW (megawatt) wind turbine for offshore wind energy production. This is big alternative energy news because the vast majority of current wind turbines are 1 to 2 MW, with the largest typically having a capacity of 8 MW. For a turbine to be able to produce 50 MW of energy, it would need to have blades that measures over 650 feet in length, which is…

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HyStEP devices aims to aid in the expansion of the US hydrogen fuel infrastructure

Building new hydrogen fuel stations could become easier with the HyStEP device With automakers bringing more fuel cell vehicles to the roads, efforts to expand the hydrogen fuel infrastructure in the United States are gaining momentum. The Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed a new device that may aid in the growth of the country’s hydrogen infrastructure. The Hydrogen Station Equipment Performance (HyStEP) device was developed to reduce the time it takes to commission new hydrogen fuel stations. Device aims to reduce…

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US aims to speed the development of hydrogen fuel stations

Hydrogen fuel infrastructure is becoming a priority as fuel cell vehicles begin coming to the US Fuel cell vehicles are coming to the United States, with drivers seeing more and more of these vehicles becoming available. While fuel cell vehicles are becoming more common, the number of hydrogen fuel stations available to consumers is quite low. Lacking infrastructure, among other issues, is making fuel cell vehicles less attractive to consumers, who see the low number of fueling stations and note that actually owning a fuel cell vehicle would be somewhat…

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New catalyst could make hydrogen fuel cells more affordable

Research team develops new fuel cell catalyst comprised of molybdenum Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories are looking to make hydrogen fuel cells less expensive, and in order to do this, they have developed a new catalyst that is made up of inexpensive materials. Primarily, the catalyst is comprised of molybdenum disulfide, which is significantly less expensive than the platinum that is typically used to develop fuel cell catalysts. Platinum is part of the reason why fuel cells are so expensive, as a single gram of platinum comes at the price…

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MARAD launches new hydrogen fuel cell project

Agency begins testing new hydrogen fuel cell units The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the launch of a new project involving the use of hydrogen fuel cells. For the project, MARAD will be field testing the first prototypes of new fuel cell units, which will be used to provide power for onboard refrigerated containers. MARAD will be working with the Department of Energy as well, which has provided some $815,000 in funding for the project. Project to take place in Hawaii, where fuel cells have been gaining…

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Organizations team to bring hydrogen fuel to San Francisco

Sandia will help develop a hydrogen-powered ferry Sandia National Laboratories has entered into a cooperative research and development partnership with Red and White Fleet. Through this partnership, the two organizations will work on an environmental sustainability project that involves the development of a new ferry that is powered by hydrogen fuel. The project itself is being supported by the Maritime Administration, which recently announced funding for various projects concerning the feasibility of fuel cells in the maritime industry. New ferry will produce no harmful emissions The new ferry being developed…

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Report highlights opportunities for hydrogen fuel and natural gas

Sandia National Laboratories sees promise for producers of hydrogen fuel and natural gas Sandia National Laboratories has released a new report that suggests there are promising opportunities for producers of hydrogen fuel and natural gas. These opportunities exist in the fueling sector, where the demand for both hydrogen and natural gas is beginning to grow due to the development of vehicles that use these fuels. The report shows that hydrogen and natural gas share opportunities for growth in this sector. Demand for alternative fuels is on the rise throughout the…

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Organizations team to expand the hydrogen fuel infrastructure of the US

Linde and Sandia National Laboratories form cooperative research agreement Sandia National Laboratories and Linde, a producer of industrial gases, have signed a cooperative research agreement that may help accelerate the development of clean technologies, specifically hydrogen fuel cells. The agreement will launch two new projects that aim to accelerate the expansion of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure, through the development of new fuel stations. These fueling stations are needed in order for fuel cell vehicles, which will become more common in the next few years, to find success. Linde expected to…

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Hydrogen fuel cells can effectively power mobile lighting towers

Report from Sandia National Laboratories highlights the viability of fuel cells Mobile lighting systems that are powered by hydrogen fuel cells may be a viable lighting option for entertainment events and construction sites. The results of a multi-year study from Sandia National Laboratories shows that fuel cell lighting towers could be an effective replacement for traditional lighting towers that are powered by diesel generators. The research endeavor from Sandia National Laboratories was supported by 14 institutional partners, including Boeing, and the California Department of Transportation. Fuel cells continue to gain…

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New project aims to improve wind energy manufacturing

Partnership aims to make the development of wind turbines more efficient and less expensive A new project has been launched by Sandia National Laboratories, Iowa State University, and TPI Composites. Together, these organizations aim to improve the productivity of wind turbines and their manufacturing process. The Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, as the project is called, could go a long way in making wind energy more attractive in the U.S. The project itself is comprised of 22 smaller initiatives that focus on specific aspects of wind power. Wind turbines are notoriously expensive,…

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DOE issues funding for hydrogen fuel storage projects

Department of Energy provides $7 million in funding for innovative storage projects The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that $7 million in funding has been awarded to six projects that focus on developing innovative hydrogen fuel storage solutions. Storage has become a top priority when it comes to hydrogen fuel and its use in transportation and other sectors. Without efficient or effective storage solutions, the benefit of hydrogen is limited and its use would narrow. The Department of Energy has been showing more support for hydrogen in recent years…

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Study shows that many California gas stations are ready for hydrogen fuel

Sandia National Laboratories study shows that state’s gas stations can distribute hydrogen A new study from Sandia National Laboratories suggests that a higher number of the gas stations that are currently operating in California are able to dispense hydrogen fuel. While many of the state’s gas stations had been thought to be able to dispense hydrogen, the conventional belief was that new fuel stations had to be built in order to flesh out the state’s burgeoning hydrogen infrastructure. The study may help form a better understanding of the state’s current…

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DOE awards funding to innovative hydrogen fuel projects

Agency provides $20 million in funding to ambitious research and development projects The U.S. Department of Energy is showing more support for hydrogen fuel by awarding $20 million in funding to ten research and development projects focused on hydrogen production and deployment. The federal agency has been growing more fond of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in recent years, investing money in the development of a hydrogen infrastructure and seeking ways to reduce the costs of fuel cell energy systems. The agency had once considered fuel cells to be an…

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DOE issues funding for hydrogen fuel storage projects

Department of Energy provides $7 million in funding for innovative storage projects The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that $7 million in funding has been awarded to six projects that focus on developing innovative hydrogen fuel storage solutions. Storage has become a top priority when it comes to hydrogen fuel and its use in transportation and other sectors. Without efficient or effective storage solutions, the benefit of hydrogen is limited and its use would narrow. The Department of Energy has been showing more support for hydrogen in recent years…

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New project aims to build a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure in the US

Fuel infrastructure project launched by national laboratories The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have come together to launch a new project that will support the H2USA initiative. H2USA is a public-private partnership that is managed by the U.S. Department of Energy. The initiative aims to ensure that fuel cell vehicles find success in the U.S. by helping establish a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure and promoting clean transportation. The new project coming from the national laboratories will focus more on infrastructure development than any of the other issues…

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